(Post by Christy)“I don’t think that people realize that Queen Elizabeth II pledged her whole life, whether long or short to her duty. Abdicating would be breaking that. I think she is doing exactly what she promised and when people complain they need to look at the generation she came from. She is only doing what she feels to be right!” - Submitted by samanthastrickler
On may 18 1868 Tsesarevitch Alexander Alexandrovitch (Alexander III) wrote in his diary, underlining the heading for emphasis : “The birth of our son Nikolai”
“… The pangs were stronger and stronger, and Minnie suffered a lot. Papa… helped me to hold my darling all the time. At last, at half past two, came the last minute and all the suffering stopped at once. God sent us a son whom we gave the name of Nikolai. What a joy it was, it is not to be described. I rushed to embrace my darling wife who cheered up at once and was terrifically happy. I was crying like a baby… We embraced with Papa and Mama wholeheartedly… We drank tea and talked with Minnie till 11, and I went several times to admire our little angel, and they took him to Minnie, too.”
The sass on this man knows no bounds.
I love this on HM! The color combo reminds me of those strawberry lemonade smoothies at McDonald’s, but it’s lovely nonetheless :)
30 Day Romanov Challenge: Day 7- Favourite Holiday Destination
The Official Visit to the Isle of Wight, 1909
In 1909, the Imperial Family payed their English cousins an official visit to Cowes, on the Isle of Wight.
They were met by the Victoria and Albert yacht which docked beside the Standart and its entourage of “body guard” vessels. On the Isle to greet the family were the current reigning king, King Edward VII, his son George, the Prince of Wales, Queen Alexandra, the Princess of Wales, Mary of Teck, and their children, albeit for Bertie who was ill at the time and was urged to keep his distance for fear of infecting the hemophiliac Tsarevich Alexei.
The King’s grandson David (the future Edward VIII) proudly showed his ‘Uncle Nicky’ round the naval college, astonished at the elaborate police precautions that surrounded his every move.
Alexander Spiridovitch, Nicholas’s head of personal guard wrote of the visit:
“Their Majesties spent that day on board the royal yacht. That evening was a dinner, during which there were many proposals of official toasts. The Royal table was decorated with roses and was resplendent with gold dishes. The suite and Captains of the yachts dined separately, but were invited afterward to join with the circle around the Sovereigns.The King and the Emperor spoke in their toasts of the Anglo-Russian friendship and of world peace. The King observed that our Emperor was no stranger to England in general, nor to Cowes in particular.In his response, the Emperor admitted to having been quite struck by the spectacle of the English Navy. He recalled the past and said that he would never forget the happy days which had passed fifteen years earlier under the reign of Queen Victoria.”
The weather was lovely during their short visit; a soft breeze blew, a comforting relief from the harshness of Russian winters. In the morning they received the Lord Mayor who gave the Emperor and Empress a magnificent gold coffret. Nicholas and Alix also had picked their visit well; it was the Annual Yacht regatta, and they delighted in attending the races. The day before, the Emperor had been named an honorary member of the Royal Yacht Club and, as a sportsman, he showed a great pleasure.
The family also had the chance to visit Empress Eugenie, widow of Emperor Napoleon III, who was on board a private yacht nearby, and they had tea.
Meanwhile, the Grand Duchesses had gone down to Cowes in the morning, which had disturbed the English police, worried for their safety. They went by car to Osborne and played there on the beach.
After lunch, Olga and Tatiana went alone into the town, accompanied by several members of the suite. One had to see the joy and pleasure they expressed above all at being able to walk about without being recognized. They felt relaxed and carefree, entering into shops, buying postcards and all kinds of souvenirs for their family and retainers. They took a ferry from one part of the town to another and had the satisfaction of being able to pay the price of the ticket themselves. A small gesture, but one that delighted the otherwise isolated children.
However, the public soon learned who the young girls in pretty grey dresses were, and a crowd soon begun to form. They began to follow them and waited in front of the shops. The Cowes became nervous and the members of the suite ushered the girls back to the ship. The public adored these beautiful girls, running back and forth excitedly amongst their humble town.
OTMA also visited a local english church, where the pastor was extremely happy to show them everything about it. They visited the tomb of their uncle, Henry of Battenberg and the armchair used by Queen Victoria when she went to the church.
The visit was instrumental in maintaining English-Russian relations, and the Imperial Family delighted in the calm and relaxed ways of their Windsor cousins. Later when the Revolution and exile would come, the whole family had wished for a simple life in England, the life of private citizens.
Statue of imperial royal children at Ganina Yama
21 June 1984: Diana, three months before giving birth to Harry, looks at her son William on his second birthday - with a ball in hand to keep him entertained if necessary. William and dad Charles both look out at the photographers.
Prince Harry tours an anti-landmine photography exhibition by The HALO Trust charity during the first day of his visit to the United States at the Russell Senate Office Building on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC.
Just never stop being who you are, carry on doing what your mother did. Stay gorgeous and be you. That is why we love you Harry <3